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Mining for Dirty Gold

Autumn Tone

Dirty Gold are San Diego's latest buzz-worthy band, despite having never played a show.

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San Diego is full of hidden pockets of talent, and with the simplicity of software for home recording, bands often skip the traditional channels to get noticed. One such band -- San Diego's latest buzz band -- hasn't even played a proper show but was written about on tastemaking blogs like Crawdaddy and has already been signed to LA's Autumn Tone Records (founded by Scott Simineaux of popular blog Aquarium Drunkard). The trio who make up Dirty Gold are still in high school and have only played for friends until tonight, when the young band makes their live public debut at the Tin Can.

If indie buzzbands aren't your speed and you want a little old soul, catch Fitz & the Tantrums, performing at M-Theory, then head north to a show at the Belly Up with local legends Greyboy Allstars. There are solid lineups all over town, from the Casbah to the Soda Bar and all the way out at the newish Til Two Club, so get out and enjoy what San Diego has to offer before the holidays completely take over.

Friday, Dec.17:

  • Fitz & the Tantrums @ M-Theory (free, all ages, 5 p.m.)
  • Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders From Mars, Chinese Rocks, Low Volts @ Casbah
  • The Greyboy Allstars, Fitz & the Tantrums @ Belly Up
  • The Never Never, Catwalk, Dirty Gold, the Cloud @ Tin Can
  • Lights On, Grand Tarantula, Colony @ Soda Bar
  • d/wolves, Shining Through, the Speculators, Vandersteeze @ Che Cafe
  • Kenseth Thibideau, Aspects of Physics, Riverberb @ Til Two Club
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • The Heavy Guilt, Centerlight Pop, Gunrunner @ Winston's
  • Java Joe presents Rob Deez, Kenny Eng, Isaac Cheong, OK at Best, Lisa Olsen, Juliet Hawk, CJ Hutchins @ Ideal Tea Room (540 Third Ave., Gaslamp District)
  • Lessons From Zeke, Jesse Nova, Stereofix, For Days @ Ruby Room
  • The Suicide Chords, One Eye Red, Useless Keys, the Beautiful View @ Ken Club
  • The Archons, In the Red, End of Power @ Eleven
  • The Red Onions, the Corvinas @ Tower Bar
  • El Monte Slim, Low Volts @ Riviera
  • Feel the Noise Electro Dance with DJs Gabe Vega, Audrey Napoleon, David Afterlife, Chuch Terror @ U-31
  • Latex Grenade, Bankers Hill, the Sun Doctors @ Sound Wave
  • The Fabulous Pelicans @ Belly Up (5:30 p.m.)
  • Holiday Jam, featuring Scott West, Happy Ron, Rick Raw, Mark Alexander @ Cafe Libertalia
  • D. Boy P Chase Mixtape Release Party, featuring San Quinn and guests F.A.B., J-DUBB, Noire Ent., Problemz, Nuttie Buddies, Beat Shop All -Stars, KB, Dat Fella P.I., Fiziks, M.H.B., Light Green and G. Bomb, Dolla Ski, Pandamonium, Kalow Da Prince @ Brick By Brick
  • Van Jovi, Red Not Chili Peppers, Joker Face @ 710 Beach Club
  • Libido, Proteus Escape, Just Like Scarlett, the Bolts, James Morris, This Is Confusion, Vendetta Fish @ Epicentre
  • Casino Madrid, At the Skylines, Vanguard, For the Legends, Breaking the Aura @ Soma
  • Beneath Lanston, Aizen, Comfort In Rage, Black Widow Prophecy, Sounds of Aberration @ Dreamstreet
  • The Big 3: Daniel Jackson, Marshall Hawkins, Gilbert Castellanos @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Todo Mundo @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (5-7 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9 p.m.)
  • Clay Davis Solo (5:30-8:30 p.m.), Clay Davis Trio (9 p.m.) @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Official 91X-Mas Resurrection Party: Legends of the '80s, featuring the Cured, Blasphemous Rumours, Rio, INXS-ive, hosted by Steve West @ 4th & B
  • John Hull, Nena Anderson, Old Tiger @ Lestat's
  • Rosetta Stone @ Grand, El Cajon
  • Lady Luck Revue: Temptress Xmas Party, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's
  • John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • Starkillers @ Voyeur
  • Jetwash @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Fusion, featuring Antwatic, Mike Primal, Calypso, Ener G, Digital Punk @ Kava Lounge
  • Zenbu Fridays with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff
  • Milk and Cookies vs. All Things Rad @ El Dorado
  • El Puro Party, featuring Adam Salter, Huge Euge, Damn Jeulz @ Super El Camino
  • SDRM Charity event: The Official "Unofficial" Tron Afterparty, featuring DJ Huggie, Von Ukuf, DJ Jake, Mimi Raza, Lucky J, impera, Nomad, Bala @ Spin
  • Fluxx Chilled, featuring Scooter and Rico DeLargo @ Fluxx

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. She also provides social media content for the Casbah. Follow her updates at twitter.com/sddialedin or submit your music listings.

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